DVDizzy.com: SEPTEMBER 16-30, 2010 NEWS ARCHIVES
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September 30, 2010 - First aired in 1968, He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown was the fifth animated Peanuts TV special made. Now, it is the latest cartoon in Charles Schulz's beloved series to receive its own self-titled Remastered Deluxe Edition DVD. Warner pairs it with another Snoopy-centric program, 1980's Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown, which makes its DVD debut. They're joined by the brand new 22-minute featurette "Snoopy's Home Ice: The Story of the Redwood Empire Ice Arena." We've included a clip of that bonus as part of our thorough review.
September 29, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno takes a look at "Glee": The Complete First Season, the acclaimed and instantly popular hour-long dramedy about a high school glee club. Now available, Fox's 7-disc DVD adds three discs (9 episodes) to the four discs (13 episodes) released last December. Extras include real karaoke, various making-of featurettes, a number-accessing jukebox, and cast revelations. While you may opt to wait for the forthcoming Gleek gift set with journal, hasten not to read our review, which includes preview song clips on Page 2. More...
The Karate Kid provides an update on the hit 1984 film. Celebrity son Jaden Smith stars as a 12-year-old Detroit boy who relocates to China with his mother (Taraji P. Henson). There, torn between bullies and a girl he likes, he is trained by an enigmatic handyman (Jackie Chan) to compete in a kung fu tournament. In stores next week, Sony's DVD includes Chinese language lessons, a 20-minute making-of featurette, and the music video to Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith's end credits theme "Never Say Never." Review.
September 28, 2010 - Getting released in the same year as Saving Private Ryan caused fellow Best Picture nominee The Thin Red Line to be viewed in comparison to Steven Spielberg's blockbuster. Entering The Criterion Collection today, Terrence Malick's World War II epic can be considered on its own terms. Boasting a huge cast that includes Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, and Jim Caviezel, the film dramatizes the Battle of Guadalcanal, in which American forces tried to take the Pacific island from Japanese control. Criterion's 2-disc DVD supplies an audio commentary, a trailer, a taste of the hours of deleted scenes that exist, and several new featurettes interviewing cast members, author's daughter Kaylie Jones, composer Hans Zimmer, the editors and casting director Diane Crittenden (who is joined by audition tape footage). Read the full review.
Today's new releases include The Thin Red Line: The Criterion Collection, "Scrubs": The Complete Ninth and Final Season and Frozen. We'll soon be bringing you a review of Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema. For a detailed list of these and other new DVD and Blu-rays, check out our schedule.
September 27, 2010 - Easily missed in theaters last winter, Frozen comes to DVD and Blu-ray this week from Anchor Bay. This independent horror film from Hatchet writer/director Adam Green tells the story of three college students (Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, and Emma Bell) who find themselves stranded on a ski lift one Sunday night, with their odds of survival against them. The DVD includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, over 85 minutes of making-of documentaries, and the trailer. And, for a limited time, it's just $10.99 at Amazon.com. Read our review.
September 25, 2010 - The FX comedy series "The League" centers on a group of thirtysomething friends in a fantasy football league. Created by a "Seinfeld", "Curb Your Enthusiasm" producer and his wife, the show welcomes improvisation from a cast that includes Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, and YouTube sensation Jon LaJoie. Now available on DVD and Blu-ray, Fox's The Complete Season One presents the first six episodes in broadcast and extended versions as well as bloopers, alternate lines, deleted scenes, music videos, and various shorts. Full review...
Our 1,200th review covers "Goosebumps": The Blob That Ate Everyone. One of Fox's two latest compilations, this DVD serves up three episodes of the mid-1990s Canadian television series adapted from R.L. Stine's best-selling line of children's horror books. From hairy hands and a hands fetishist to an X-Files video store poster, this disc has it all. Check out our review.
September 24, 2010 - Our newest review looks at Hand in Hand, a 1960 British film about a 7-year-old Catholic boy (Philip Needs) and a 7-year-old Jewish girl (Loretta Parry) who become best friends. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Film Promoting International Understanding, this small family-friendly drama makes its absolute home video debut on October 5th in a DVD from Sony. Read more...
September 23, 2010 - A beloved medical comedy comes to a close with much change in "Scrubs": The Complete and Final Ninth Season (as far as we know, the only ninth season). Sacred Heart Hospital has been torn down and rebuilt on Winston University, where we pay as much attention to newly-introduced med students as the established doctors. Donald Faison and John C. McGinley stay on full-time, while Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, and Ken Jenkins make recurring appearances. Available next Tuesday, ABC's DVD holds 13 episodes on two discs with a frustrating presentation and just a handful of extras. Our review includes video clips of the show and bonus featurette.
September 22, 2010 - Tonight's new review covers "Modern Family": The Complete First Season. The recent winner of the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy, this single-camera series applies the mockumentary format to three related families (one traditional, one gay, one age-divided multicultural remarriage). The ensemble cast includes Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, and Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet. They're joined by guest stars such as Edward Norton, Fred Willard, Elizabeth Banks, Shelley Long, Benjamin Bratt, and Kobe Bryant. Released just before tonight's season premiere, Fox's 4-disc DVD serves up 24 episodes, nearly an hour of deleted/alternate scenes and interviews, a gag reel, and several making-of featurettes. Don't miss our full review.
September 21, 2010 - Our newest review looks at "Spartacus: Blood and Sand": The Complete First Season. This Starz original historical drama series tells the story of a Thracian (Andy Whitfield) enslaved in First Century B.C. Rome. While longing to reunite with his wife, the man becomes a champion gladiator. John Hannah and "Xena: Warrior Princess"'s Lucy Lawless co-star. Available today, Anchor Bay's 4-disc DVD supplies all thirteen graphic episodes, six with cast & crew audio commentaries, plus nine featurettes and a trailer. Read much more...
Today's other new releases include "Modern Family": The Complete First Season, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, and The Experiment, and For the full list of today's many new DVD and Blu-ray debuts, look no further than our September schedule.
September 20, 2010 - Aaron Wallace takes us back to summer camp with his review of Disney's Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Demi Lovato returns as protagonist Mitchie Torres and the Jonas Brothers again dig deep to portray fictional young musical stars the Gray Brothers. A rival camp threatens the very existence of Camp Rock, prompting a closely-followed battle of the camps. Released earlier this month, the Blu-ray + DVD combo presents an extended cut of the movie and a rock-along mode, plus Blu-ray exclusive music videos and a cast featurette. Full review.
September 17, 2010 - We've just posted the press release for Ramona and Beezus. This Fox and Walden summer movie, adapted from the popular Beverly Cleary books, will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo on November 9th, with the latter including a number of exclusives. Joey King and Selena Gomez star in this G-rated family film. Full press release. Cover art.
September 16, 2010 - The latest entry in Image Entertainment's Classic Artists Series, Hendrix: The Guitar Hero focuses on the music in the short but enduring career of Jimi Hendrix. This feature-length documentary gathers new reflections from a number of Hendrix's contemporaries including Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton, and Micky Dolenz. Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash narrates. Now available, the DVD includes bonus footage, extended interviews, photo galleries, and a biographical booklet. Read on.
Werner Herzog's latest film, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, tells the story of a San Diegan stage actor (played by Michael Shannon) who gets involved in a murder and hostage situation. Willem Dafoe, Chloλ Sevigny, Udo Kier, Michael Peρa, Grace Zabriskie, and Brad Dourif co-star in this semi-factual film presented and executive-produced by David Lynch. After limited theatrical distribution, it is now on DVD from First Look Studios with audio commentary, the Herzog-narrated short film Plastic Bag, interviews, and the trailer. Read more...
September 15, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno reviews Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, the third adventure in Disney's computer-animated direct-to-video series. Set in summer, this one puts Tinker Bell in the custody of Lizzy, a young human girl who's a big fan of fairy culture. The rest of the Pixie Hollow gang sets out to rescue their friend. Available next week, the Blu-ray + DVD Combo pack includes deleted scenes with introductions, a special sneak peek of Disney's upcoming movie Tangled, a music video by "Good Luck Charlie" star Bridgit Mendler, the "Fairy Field Guide Builder" activity, and a short piece on an Epcot fairy house contest. Read the full review.
September 14, 2010 - Take a look at today's many exciting DVD and Blu-ray releases with a visit to our September schedule.
September 13, 2010 - Just in time for street date, we take a look at The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary. Disney's first PG-rated animated feature, this dark, ambitious fantasy is adapted from Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain series. It tells the story of an adolescent pig-keeper who looks to prevent the evil Horned King from acquiring the titular cauldron and reign of the undead army that comes with it. The new disc supplies 16:9 enhancement to one of the studio's widest cartoons in addition to a new game and deleted sequence plus extras held over from the Gold Collection DVD. Read the full review.
Cover art has been posted for the Toy Story Trilogy's Ultimate Toy Box Collection, Grown Ups and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
September 12, 2010 - Intended to be a new franchise like Pirates of the Caribbean for Disney and mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time saw its sequel chances vanish with a terrible domestic box office showing. Adapted from a video game series (specifically a 2003 sequel), this epic adventure tells the story of 6th century orphan-turned-warrior prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is framed for murdering Persia's king. Fleeing with him is Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton), who explains the significance of the powerful dagger he carries. Alfred Molina and Ben Kingsley co-star in this Mike Newell-directed sword & sandal fantasy, which cost a reported $200 million to make. It comes to DVD, Blu-ray, and a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo on Tuesday, the lattermost of which we review.
September 10, 2010 - Our newest review looks at "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia": The Complete Season 5. Last year's season of the popular FX comedy finds the Paddy's Pub gang taking a road trip, wrestling for America's troops, staging an intervention, and playing flip cup. Available next week, Fox's 3-disc, 12-episode set includes six audio commentaries, deleted & extended scenes, an endless Kitten Mittens loop, a blooper reel, the pilot episode of the animated spy comedy "Archer", and more. Full review...
September 9, 2010 - Loosely adapted from the newspaper comic strip that's been running for over 50 years, Marmaduke tells the story of a huge Great Dane (voiced by Owen Wilson) who moves with his owners, the Winslows, from Kansas to Orange County, California. There, Marmaduke finds himself outcast at the divisive dog park. This family comedy features live-action performances by Lee Pace, Judy Greer, and William H. Macy. Lending their voices to other dogs (and cat) are Emma Stone, Steve Coogan, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Fergie, George Lopez, and Kiefer Sutherland. Our review looks at the Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack. Released last week by Fox, it includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, and behind-the-scenes shorts.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the summer's second big Jerry Bruckheimer flop, will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray on November 30th alongside its kindred Disney predecessor Fantasia. You can now pre-order this Nicolas Cage fantasy from Amazon.com: DVD (with a making-of featurette and deleted scene), Blu-ray + DVD (which adds 5 more deleted scenes, outtakes, Easter eggs, and 9 more featurettes), and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy.
September 8, 2010 - Our newest review covers "FlashForward": The Complete Series. Prepped by ABC as the successor to "Lost", this hour-long drama started strong with a much-watched premiere depicting a catastrophic global blackout that showed the world a 137-second glimpse of the future. Viewership numbers fizzled, particularly after a midseason hiatus, leading to a premature cancellation. Centering on the investigation of the Los Angeles FBI department, the show boasted an ensemble cast that included Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Dominic Monaghan, Courtney B. Vance, Jack Davenport and Gabrielle Union. Now available, the 5-disc DVD release adds to February's "Part 1" collection with a two-part audio commentary, deleted scenes, bloopers, featurettes, and a slew of Easter eggs. Our review includes a bonus features clip.
September 7, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno gives us a look at Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue. The latest movie in this long-running talking train series, this computer-animated outing brings an overconfident Thomas to an island inhabited by the Logging Locos, three hyperactive castaways. Available today, the movie is joined by a game and two sing-alongs. Read our full review of Lionsgate's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack.
September 5, 2010 - Readers have the chance to win a copy of Lionsgate's upcoming DVD "Fraggle Rock": Scared Silly in our simple new giveaway.
September 3, 2010 - Though it stars two recent winners of Best Actor Oscars in Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker, The Experiment goes straight to video later this month. A remake of a 2001 German film, this psychological thriller shows us what might happen in a two-week social study where volunteers are divided into prisoners and guards. (Where is Dr. Zombardo's credit?) Kelvin Cedeno takes an early look at Sony's Blu-ray in his review.
September 2, 2010 - Hal Holbrook became the oldest male actor nominated for an Academy Award for his Into the Wild supporting performance. Two and a half years later, Holbrook is still going strong as the star of That Evening Sun. Adapted from William Gay's short story, this independent drama involves an 80-year-old widower sneaking out of his retirement home only to find another family living on his Tennessee farm. A battle of wills ensues. Making his feature debut, Scott Teems directs a cast that includes Ray McKinnon, Walton Goggins ("The Shield"), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Barry Corbin, and, in her final performance, Dixie Carter. Available next week, Image Entertainment's DVD piles on the extras including an anti-commentary, two making-of pieces, extensive cast and crew interviews, and the trailer. Read our full review.
September 1, 2010 - Disney has issued a press release for the Fantasia & Fantasia 2000: 2 Movie Collection now scheduled to come to DVD and Blu-ray + DVD on November 30th. The announcement reveals the DVD versions will be even lighter, and the Blu-ray discs more robust, than earlier declared. Full details: Fantasia Blu-ray press release.
August 31, 2010 - Solitary Man stars Michael Douglas as a New York man who has fallen from grace. Far from alone, his destructive tendencies affect his girlfriend (Mary-Louise Parker), her teenage daughter (28 Weeks Later's Imogen Poots), his daughter (Jenna Fischer of "The Office"), his ex-wife (Susan Sarandon), and an old college buddy (Danny DeVito). Written by Brian Koppelman, who co-directed the film with his Rounders co-writer David Levien, Solitary Man comes to DVD next Tuesday from Anchor Bay with an audio commentary, a featurette, and the trailer. Full review...
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
"The Middle": Season 1 - This single-camera ABC sitcom stars Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond") and Neil Flynn ("Scrubs") as a married Indiana couple with three trying kids. Warner's 3-disc DVD holds 24 episodes plus deleted scenes, a gag reel, and two featurettes.
"Fraggle Rock": Scared Silly - Timed to Halloween, this disc bundles three fear-themed episodes of Jim Henson's fondly remembered 1980s Muppet TV series. Also included are an installment of the animated "Fraggle Rock" series, a sing-along song, and a complete episode of "Jim Henson's Animal Show with Stinky & Jake."
"The Simpsons": The Thirteenth Season - In these 22 post-9/11 episodes, the Simpsons visit Brazil, Toronto, and Branson. Springfield makes it into the Duff Book of World Records. Guest stars include Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere, Pierce Brosnan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, R.E.M., Phish, and Stan Lee. There are even Simpsons versions of Homer's Odyssey and Shakespeare's Hamlet. Fox's 4-disc set pulls out all the stops once again, with an audio commentary on every episode, deleted scenes, storyboard & animatic comparisons, sketch galleries, short featurettes, Ralph Wiggum highlights, commercials, and more than a few Easter eggs.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Adapted from the Jeff Kinney book series, this family film offers a comedic look at an average sixth grader's adventures in middle school. "The Cheesiest Edition" serves up deleted scenes, in-character shorts, a filmmakers' audio commentary, and more in a case that includes two diary entries from best friend Rowley.
City Island - This acclaimed independent dramedy centers on a secretive Italian-American Bronx family. Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer, and Alan Arkin star. Anchor Bay's DVD includes an audio commentary by Garcia and writer/director Raymond De Felitta, deleted scenes, the featurette "Dinner with the Rizzos", and the trailer.
Date Night (Blu-ray) - Steve Carell and Tina Fey play a married New Jersey couple mistaken for deadly criminals during their night on the town. Fox's set provides theatrical and extended cuts of the film plus deleted & extended scenes, an audio commentary by director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum), a gag reel, outtakes, camera tests, featurettes, a digital copy, and more.
$5 a Day - Christopher Walken stars as a frugal, fraudulent old man looking to reconnect with his estranged son (Alessandro Nivola) on a cross-country road trip. Sharon Stone, Amanda Peet, Dean Cain, and Peter Coyote co-star in this independent dramedy. Image Entertainment's DVD includes cast and crew interviews, photo galleries, and a trailer.
The Back-up Plan - CBS Films' second release provides a return vehicle for Jennifer Lopez after years away from acting. Lopez plays a New York pet shop owner who falls for a guy (Alex Loughlin, "Moonlight") immediately after getting pregnant through artificial insemination. On disc, this romantic comedy includes deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.
Cemetery Junction - The first feature film written and directed by "The Office" and "Extras" creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, this coming-of-age dramedy came to home video without a US theatrical run. Set in 1973 England, the film centers on three friends uncertain if small town life is for them. Gervais, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode, and Emily Watson provide support to young leads largely unknown to audiences across the pond. Sony's DVD includes a Gervais & Merchant audio commentary, a cast commentary, deleted scenes, bloopers, and two interview-based featurettes.
"Cougar Town": The Complete First Season - This ABC sitcom from "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence and writer Kevin Biegel stars Courteney Cox as a divorced 40-year-old Florida real estate agent. Despite the title, the series quickly strays from Jules' younger man search, instead telling other stories pertaining to Jules, her family (including her 18-year-old son and ex-husband), and her neighbors and friends. The DVD holds 24 episodes on 3 discs. Bonuses include a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, bloopers, two webisode advice series, a "Jimmy Kimmel Live" sketch, and a music video.
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